Jets should let Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan see rebuild through
Make no mistake about it, the New York Jets are currently rebuilding for a brighter future. It’s important that both head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan see it through.
Many are dissatisfied with the current 3-5 start that the New York Jets are under right now. With the team is in the midst of a rebuild, fans and personnel alike are chomping at the bit for Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles to get the team back into the playoffs (at the very least) for the first time in close to a decade.
As any rebuild would presumably go, the Jets have seen reasons for positivity and things to look forward to as well as glaring negatives and holes the team still needs to repair, and repair them quickly.
Through the painful steps of the rebuild, many fans are taking the premature action of calling for the firing of Bowles and/or Maccagnan. As painful as it is to see the team in a downward spiral, they both deserve to see the entirety of this rebuild through.
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There have certainly been questionable decisions by both men that would give critics cause to pause. From Maccagnan’s lack of success regarding accuracy in the later rounds, as well as wasting early picks on players like Devin Smith, ArDarius Stewart, and Chad Hansen, to Bowles’ many questionable in-game calls as well as the blatant lack of discipline the team has been known to show, many certainly have the right to be frustrated.
Although said frustration has set in deeply, we still have to be patient and understand that this is just one of those stages of the rebuild.
Jets owner Christopher Johnson has said that a requirement for making the playoffs in 2018 would be highly counterproductive. One could infer from this that ownership is firmly behind this regime and is giving them the time they need to build the team how they see fit.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Jets have (as of this writing) $106,863,390 available to spend in 2019. This will presumably be the second consecutive offseason in which there will be ~$100 million available.
They will not have this much flexibility in perpetuity, Maccagnan and Bowles need to make this offseason count if they want to keep their jobs after the 2019 season and beyond. Maccagnan knows this and has pledged that the team will be very active in 2019 free agency and views this coming offseason as a “springboard” to making the playoffs.
Nothing positive comes from firing anybody right now. If anyone gets fired right now, the clock just restarts again and when the next coach and/or GM come in and things are not working correctly at first then people will call for their heads immediately. Everyone knows the Jets are hitting the reset button. Maccagnan and Bowles arrived having to clean up a huge mess from their predecessors. They deserve to finish what they started.